Polk City, Iowa

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Polk City is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,344 at the 2000 census; a special census in 2005 counted 2,872 residents.[1] It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Polk City is located along Saylorville Lake and near Big Creek State Park.



Polk City was settled in 1846 and incorporated as a city on March 13, 1875. It was an early contender for the seat of Polk County before Des Moines was ultimately chosen.[2]


Polk City is located at 41°46′14″N 93°42′57″W / 41.77056°N 93.71583°W / 41.77056; -93.71583 (41.770523, -93.715873)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.37% is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,344 people, 826 households, and 645 families residing in the city. The population density was 862.4 people per square mile (332.7/km²). There were 842 housing units at an average density of 309.8/sq mi (119.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.08% White, 0.30% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 826 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.15.

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